Prominent Iraqi Kurdish humanitarian and pop star, Dashni Morad, responds to President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and migrants in the most beautiful way.
She releases her debut UK single, the uplifting and inspirational ‘Love Wins’, on February 24th. An impassioned plea for support for refugees and migrants around the world, ‘Love Wins’ sends out a message that love can overcome hate, and unity can overcome division, at a time when the world really needs to hear it.
A former refugee and migrant herself, her earliest memories are not of the school playground or summer holidays, but fleeing to the mountains in fear of Saddam Hussein’s brutal chemical attacks. She has seen plenty of war and destruction, and is reminded of those difficult times every day through her work with refugees.
To date, Dashni’s Green Kids charity has donated over 200,000 books to underprivileged schools, established two mini libraries at refugee camps, and has collected significant money and other aid for refugees, across war-torn Iraqi Kurdistan. Having now set up in the UK, Dashni will launch her first UK Green Kids project in January 2017.
Dashni Morad is remarkable for many reasons. Back home in Iraqi Kurdistan, she is an inspirational feminist figure, a prominent humanitarian, and a pop star that makes music with purpose.
Iraqi-Kurdish born, Dashni started out as a TV presenter on a Kurdish satellite channel. She fronted a hit TV show, through which she became a beloved figure to millions of Kurds around the world, and somewhat of a superstar back in her homeland, later leading to a career in music. Her first single, the female-empowerment themed, ‘Open Your Eyes’ ended up being a huge hit across the Middle East and Europe.
Having rocked the establishment and challenged the status quo on issues such as women’s rights, child access to education and environmental protection for over ten years back in her homeland, Dashni is now taking the refugee and migrant fight to the international community.
“Music helped to defeat Apartheid and bring down communism, so Trump really doesn’t stand a chance” (Dashni)
An inimitable force of nature, Dashni remains fiercely driven, and with ‘Love Wins’, hopes to give a voice to the silenced and helpless majority. A symbol of what, despite the odds, women can achieve in the Middle East, Dashni’s story is one that needs to be heard.